New theatre production explores modern day angels and demons

The SMITH dancetheatre company in rehearsal for their show After The Fall for the Norfolk and Norwic

The SMITH dancetheatre company in rehearsal for their show After The Fall for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY. - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A fallen angel's banishment from Heaven is the inspiration behind a new theatre production taking to the stage at Norwich Playhouse tomorrow.

The SMITH dancetheatre company in rehearsal for their show After The Fall for the Norfolk and Norwic

The SMITH dancetheatre company in rehearsal for their show After The Fall for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

After The Fall: A Little Morality Play is the latest show by Norfolk-based company SMITH dancetheatre, and the show uses theatre, music and dance to explore ideas of modern day angels, demons, outsiders and outcasts.

Neil Paris, the company's artistic director and who lives in Cromer, said: 'It's a story that is inspired by Lucifer's banishment from Heaven, and it's a story about right and wrong and where we stand in it.'

The show is the latest development of an idea Mr Paris first had when he read a book called the The Devil's Mischief - a collection of stories, poems and images edited by Ed Marquand - many years ago.

'When I read the book, this was the first time I realised that the Devil was Lucifer, and that Lucifer was an angel. That lodged itself in my brain and I thought if he was originally an angel, he must have been good at some point.'

From this Mr Paris created a theatre performance also called The Devil's Mischief, including a version performed at the [Live] Art Club at Norwich Arts Centre. Now he has moved on to create After The Fall: A Little Morality Play.

About the new show, he said: 'It is not a retelling of the story of Lucifer. We are asking questions of ourselves, like what you wished that you had done that you daren't? I am interested in the idea of mischief and how being mischievous is quite fun but it is sometimes deemed as wrong. It is about looking at where our moral compass is and how that comes down to us.'

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The show has been devised by the whole cast which includes a mix of professional and amateur performers of different ages and experiences.

When asked what the audience can expect, Mr Paris said: 'They can expect a mix of storytelling that will come through dance, through theatre, through music. They can expect humour and for the performance to be thought provoking. I think they can expect to kind of make their own story from the show.'

Alongside After The Fall, Mr Paris has also been working on the choreography of the wolves chorus in Wolf's Child which is currently at Felbrigg Hall. SMITH dancetheatre has previously presented Agnes and Walter: A Little Love Story which went to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

• The show - which is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival - is at Norwich Playhouse on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 - visit www.nnfestival.org.uk or call 01603 766400.

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